Prestwick to pay tribute to Hubbard
William Dick (CricketMedia Scotland)
PRESTWICK players will pay tribute to Johnny Hubbard before today’s clash with leaders Ferguslie at Meikleriggs.
Club legend Hubbard, who died during the week, was better known as the ‘Penalty King’ of Rangers.
But he also enjoyed a long and distinguished cricketing career with the Ayrshire club and former team-mate
Andy Tennant, now Prestwick’s coach, said: “The boys have still to decide whether it will be black armbands or a minute’s silence or both but they will certainly remember Johnny.
“He will be sorely missed at the club and from a personal point of view I have my own special memories of him.
“He was still playing for the second eleven in his 40s when I first came into the team and he had a huge influence on me.
Enjoyment and belief were the things he kept emphasising and he led by example, always playing with a smile on his face. But he was also a really tough competitor and an inspirational figure.”
Once the action begins Tennant’s men will focus on trying to rekindle their title defence by beating a Ferguslie side who lost for the first time a fortnight ago.
Their clash with West of Scotland was rained-off last week while Prestwick failed to take advantage when they lost to Uddingston.
Tennant added: “It was a poor one for us last week and makes today a game we must win. The players are determined to respond.”
Meanwhile Ferguslie know victory today will see them take another important step towards winning the title and they welcome back Hamza Tahir who played a key role in Scotland’s Tri-Series success in Holland during the week.
Greg Cameron also returns for the leaders but Prestwick are without in-form batsman Fraser Macdonald.
Elsewhere, Poloc and Greenock are both bidding for a third consecutive win when they clash at Shawholm.
The pair were promoted together in 2016 but have yet to meet in the top flight as both matches were cancelled last season.
With Calum James unavailable, Poloc hand the keeper’s gloves to Saif Sajjad while Greenock are without young opener Harry Briggs but Sam Sanghera returns from injury.
Uddingston, boosted by beating the champions a week ago, host a Clydesdale team who moved into second place with their win at Ayr.
The visitors welcome back Scotland star Richie Berrington.
Ayr, who have failed to win since the second Saturday of the season, host a Dumfries side who are still searching for their first victory while West of Scotland will stay in touch with the top three if they win at Stirling.